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 Friday, November 8, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens page.
 
Here are the requisite comparisons:
 
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens Compare to the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens Compare to the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens
 
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens Compare to the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
 
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens Compare to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
 
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Post Date: 11/8/2019 7:46:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 7, 2019
 Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS 90D and the EOS M6 Mark II reviews.
 
You are going to notice that the results from these two cameras appear remarkably similar. They are using the same imaging sensor and the same DIGIC processor and are expected to have identical image quality. As this is a very time consuming test, including carefully capturing 180 images and prepping a crop from each, I opted to fully test only one of the cameras (the 90D) and show the same results for the M6 II.
 
A full narrative of the results is coming soon. In the meantime, create your own comparisons including a look at dynamic range using the +/- exposure variations.
 
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Post Date: 11/6/2019 8:26:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 4, 2019
Just posted: Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens Review.
 
Did I change your mind?
 
As always, let me know if I missed anything.
 
The Deal: Receive a combined savings of $700 when you purchase the RF 24-240 f/4-6.3 IS USM Lens with the EOS R Body. Get the combo deal at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA Store
 
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Post Date: 11/4/2019 7:41:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 3, 2019
Does the Canon EOS R firmware update v.1.4.0 make a difference? Absolutely! Your EOS R got a free upgrade.
 
It's been a month since Canon EOS R Firmware v.1.4.0 was made public and I've been asked about its performance (more than once). Quite simply, this update brings a great improvement to the AF system.
 
Prior to installing the update, I created a controlled eye-detection AF test. The test was not highly technical – the longest distance that the EOS R would show a stationary subject's eye being detected by a specific lens and focal length was determined and recorded. It was not difficult to determine whether or not the new firmware delivered an advantage. That test revealed that v.1.4.0 shows the eye detection box in the viewfinder from a distance 3x farther away (3x-smaller eyes) than the previous firmware version did. The difference is very obvious.
 
While I was happy with the R's eye-detection AF performance prior to loading the update, it is especially reassuring to see your subject's eye being indicated in the viewfinder and this update is a good one. That your camera gets this update for free is especially good.
 
Learn more about the Canon EOS R in our review.
 
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Post Date: 11/3/2019 7:02:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 1, 2019
 Thursday, October 31, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon SP 85mm f/1.2 Lens page.
 
Here is the Rokinon SP 85mm f/1.2 Lens vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens comparison. Of course, the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is Canon's best 85mm lens (it's awesome). Here is that comparison.
 
Try all of the other 85mm comparisons available.
 
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Post Date: 10/31/2019 8:41:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon (Samyang) 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Lens page.
 
Create your own comparisons.
 
This lens currently has an instant rebate of, depending on the mount version, up to $160.00.
 
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Post Date: 10/30/2019 9:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 28, 2019
I was able to spend some time with a production Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens last week. All first impressions leave me thinking it is as awesome as we expected it to be.
 
The build quality of this lens feels superb, at least as good as the white telephoto L lenses you've used before.
 
I've seen RF 70-200 mock-ups prior to holding a production model but holding this lens in your hands really drives home how compact and light it is. New for a 70-200 L lens is that this model extends, allowing it to become considerably shorter at 70mm than the previous models. The volume difference noticed especially in a backpack is huge. With a retracted length of 5.75" (146mm), it will fit upright into many lens backpack/case slots. The extending portion of the lens feels solid with very little play.
 
The zoom ring is very smooth with the normal L-grade feel.
 
The lightweight tripod ring is not riding on steel bearings and the friction fit is not especially smooth during rotation. I originally feared that the compact tripod ring would have too much flex, but reality is that it is very solid, impressively so for the size. Replacement lens feet will require the entire ring to be replaced.
 
Image quality will be of utmost importance and to help with that early assessment, I've uploaded some full-size images for you to review. Keep in consideration that the models being photographed in these images were moving constantly. The handheld shutter speed was 1/500 (marginal for the action) and the lighting was not optimal, changing in brightness and often strongly-colored for effect (do not use these images for critique of color rendering). While these are not lab-grade samples, the results are still quite impressive.
 
Be sure to observe the sharp plane of focus for your judgments. Note the faces of the models are considerably off-center, showing performance toward the periphery of the image circle. All images were processed in DPP using the standard picture style with sharpness strength set to "2" (0-10 scale) with all lens corrections disabled. Images were saved as 70-quality JPGs in Photoshop. ISO settings were mid-level (not optimal for image quality discernment, light noise reduction has been applied (2,3 or 3,3) and I opted to brighten all images shared here (see setting and adjustments listed for each image). Still, I think you will like what you see.
 
200mm f/2.8
 
In a 70-200mm lens, I expect the 200mm focal length to deliver the softest results. Thus, I was especially interested to see how 200mm performed in this lens. The first example was captured at ISO 1000 and processed with +0.33 EV. Click on the image to download the full size file.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens 200mm Sample Picture
 
Check out the sharpness of the model's face and follow the sharpness of the dress circles along the plane of sharp focus.
 
The second example was captured at ISO 1200 and processed with +0.67 EV. Again, click on the image to download the full size file.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens 200mm Sample Picture 2
 
Again, check out the sharpness of the model's face and follow the sharpness of the black sweater along the plane of sharp focus. Also, check out the lack of color fringing that would be made apparent in the foreground and background blur of the white hairpiece and the reflective silver pieces on the dress.
 
70mm f/2.8
 
The 70mm focal length is also important and it is the other full extent of the zoom range, potentially another weak point. While the details being rendered smaller in the frame is disadvantageous from an apparent-sharpness perspective, the results still look great. Look at the netting in the hat. This example was captured at ISO 500 and processed with +0.82 EV.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens 70mm Sample Picture
 
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Along with the RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens completes the very impressive Canon RF mount lens trinity. Get your Canon EOS R or EOS RP and get in line.
 
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Post Date: 10/28/2019 10:13:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, October 27, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon SP 10mm f/3.5 Lens page.
 
The 10mm full frame focal length angle of view is extraodinarily wide.
 
Here is the Rokinon SP 10mm f/3.5 Lens in comparison with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens.
 
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Post Date: 10/27/2019 7:10:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 25, 2019
Along with Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, eye candy, and standard product images are available on the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens page.
 
That said, note that this lens has distortion correction being mandatorily applied.
 
I've been using this lens on my recent travels and can tell you that having this 10x zoom range mounted is extremely convenient.
 
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Post Date: 10/25/2019 6:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review.
 
If you reviewed the 90D test results, you have essentially seen M6 Mark II results. They should and do appear the same.
 
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Post Date: 10/23/2019 8:55:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Image quality test results captured with the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens have been added to the Canon EOS 90D page.
 
These results, processed using the site's standard Canon Digital Photo Professional RAW processing parameters (including a very low "1" sharpening strength setting) facilitate comparisons with other cameras. I suggest using the f/4 or f/5.6 aperture test result to ensure that a very sharp lens setting was in front of the camera.
 
Comparing the 90D to the 80D is a good starting point. Here we see the higher resolution 32 MP imaging sensor showing its advantage over the previous-standard 24 MP sensor.
 
Another interesting comparison is between the 90D's f/5.6 and f/8.0 results. These show the effects of diffraction starting to show at f/8. The effect is especially noticeable at f/11 where dimishing returns are being seen from this sensor's extreme resolution. Note that the higher resolution sensors results will be at least as good as (and very potentially better than) lower resolution images captured at the same aperture setting when compared at the same overall output size.
 
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Post Date: 10/22/2019 7:37:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 17, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review.
 
Here is a comparison with a known great lens. Here is another. When creating your comparisons, keep in mind that the Canon EOS R images shown in the tool are not as sharp as Canon EOS 5Ds R images when processed in DPP at the same sharpness strength setting ("1").
 
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Post Date: 10/17/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 14, 2019
Just posted: Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review.
 
Yet another lens that makes buying a Canon EOS R or EOS RP worthwhile.
 
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Post Date: 10/14/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 10, 2019
Along with the image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens page.
 
Warning #2: You are going to want this lens.
 
Unsuprisingly, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens remains out of stock. To get the lens as soon as possible, preorder now at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
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Post Date: 10/10/2019 7:41:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 8, 2019
MTF test results have been added to the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens page.
 
Create comparisons keeping in mind that only max aperture openings are being shown.
 
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Post Date: 10/8/2019 10:55:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Along with Image quality test results, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, eye candy, and standard product images have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page (flare results coming soon).
 
One mm wider with less linear distortion. I like that.
 
Here is a visual comparison you might find interesting. From a specification perspective, similarly interetsing is the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS vs. EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens comparison.
 
I've spent a lot of time with this lens and hope to have this review completed very soon.
 
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Post Date: 10/8/2019 8:22:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 4, 2019
I've just returned from an awesome 17-day trip to Colorado, hanging with some great people, and taking (more than) a few pictures. As I began unpacking, I thought I'd keep track of what I removed and share with you what was in my backpacks for this trip.
 
While leading photography workshops was my primary purpose for being in Colorado, I can instruct best when I am shooting myself. Those, I needed gear appropriate for what we were photographing — wildlife and landscape. As this site is also a higher priority than my personal photography, I needed to do field testing of as much new gear as possible at the same time.
 
Flying meant my gear was limited to what would fit in my max-airline-dimensions checked bag, a carry-on, and a personal item. My photo trip packing strategy is to put the items with the most value (both financially and for the shoot) and the items most sensitive to damage in my carry-on and personal item camera backpacks that go with me onto the plane. Unless my checked bag is under the 50 lb weight limit (it seldom is and the bag I checked for this trip registered exactly 50.0 lbs on the scale), I'm also interested in putting the densest (think metal) items in my carry-on and personal item packs (I've not yet had these bags weighed for domestic USA flights).
 
The MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L and MindShift Gear BackLight 18L are my current favorite camera backpacks for travel. The larger pack goes on my back with the waist belt tightened enough for the weight to be supported on my waist — not my shoulders. The smaller pack goes on in reverse direction — a front pack — with the waist belt clipped around the front of the case (to get it out of the way). Here is the list of what is (or was) in the two backpacks along with some interspersed reasoning:

Camera gear in the checked bag included:

  • Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod. As already mentioned, the larger lenses were supported on a monopod most of the time, leaving the tripod needs to landscape purposes and this model was perfect for that use — light and solid.
  • Really Right Stuff MC-34 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • 3 LensCoat camera rain covers
  • 4 battery chargers — 2 for each camera brand. These mission-critical items were in my carry-on on the flight out, but they had reduced value to me on the return flight (they could easily be replaced). Being relatively light, I put them in my checked bag and moved heavier items to the backpacks. I needed to remove enough weight from the checked bag for the Sony a7R IV box to be packed home. Yes, having the original box helps with resale value — it is psychologically important to some and therefore monetarily important to me.
  • BlackRapid Breathe Sport Camera Strap (I opt for the "Left" model for big lenses) with a Really Right Stuff B2-FABN Screw-Knob Clamp.

Note that all of the links in this post lead to reviews on this site or the product pages of our affiliate retailers. Hopefully you have found this information at least entertaining and watching me carry the gear through the airport is probably even more so.

Post Date: 10/4/2019 9:46:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 3, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony a7R IV page.
 
This camera's 61 MP resolution is quite impressive. Here is the Sony a7R IV vs. III comparison.
 
Canon's highest resolution imaging sensor is in the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R. Here is the Sony a7R IV vs. Canon EOS 5Ds R comparison.
 
Nikon's highest resolution imaging sensor is in the D850 and Z 7. Here is the Sony a7R IV vs. Nikon Z 7 comparison. Note that different lenses were used in this comparison test.
 
Higher pixel density on the imaging sensor means that the softening effects of diffraction start becoming noticeable at the pixel level — not in equal output sizes — at wider apertures than with lower resolution imaging sensors. Here is an f/11 vs. f/8 comparison.
 
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Post Date: 10/3/2019 11:58:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens page.
 
Warning: You are going to want this lens.
 
Act fast: The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is in stock at Amazon USA.
 
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Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:28:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page.
 
I think you'll like this one.
 
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Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 13, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens page.
 
Here is a comparison to get you started:
 
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS vs. RF 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens
 
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Post Date: 9/13/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 11, 2019
When selecting a camera, one usually wants to compare it to the closest alternatives and to get started, I'll compare the Canon EOS M6 Mark II to the Canon EOS M6. That link along with the visual comparison reveal most of the differences.
 
Here is a summary:

  • 32.5 MP vs. 24.2 MP (6960 x 4640 px vs. 6000 x 4000 px)
  • Pixel Size of 3.20µm vs 3.72µm (DLA of f/5.2 vs. f/6.0
  • 14 fps continuous shooting with AF vs. 7 fps (9fps w/o AF), 54/23 JPG/RAW frames vs. 26/17
  • DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 7 processor
  • Eye AF
  • Maximum of 143/99 auto selected AF points (depending on the lens) vs. 49
  • Still image metering range of EV -2–20 vs. EV 1 - 20
  • Movie recording metering range of EV 0–20 vs. EV 2 - 20
  • 1/16000 sec. shutter speed with electronic shutter
  • Has C-RAW
  • 4k, Full HD at 119.88
  • Has Flicker Mode, adjusting shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
  • Does not have NFC
  • Has a Wireless menu tab
  • Supports UHS-II memory card standard vs. UHS-I
  • Slightly larger: 4.71 x 2.76 x 1.94" vs. 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8" (119.6 x 70.0 x 49.2mm vs. 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm)
  • Slightly lighter: 12.73 oz vs. 13.8 oz (361g vs. 390g)
  • Has a dedicated rear AF/MF switch and AF-ON button
  • Has a multi-function top dial and button vs. stacked dials

Numerous of those bullets could alone justify an upgrade from the M6 Mark I. For example, the twice-as-fast (with AF) continuous shooting frame rate. Eye AF is alone worth the price of the camera to those photographing people with any frequency. Do much video work? The 4k feature is noteworthy. Want higher resolution or more reach with the lenses you currently have? The increased sensor resolution is going to be noticeable.
 
As with most model upgrades, price remains the primary feature advantage of the previous camera version.
 
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Canon EOS M6 Mark II
 
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Post Date: 9/11/2019 10:29:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 80D Comparison is a highly relevant one, comparing the new and previous versions of this camera model. Here is a list of the differences between the 90D and 80D:

  • 32.5 MP vs. 24.2 MP (6960 x 4640 px vs. 6000 x 4000 px)
  • Pixel Size of 3.20µm vs 3.72µm (DLA of f/5.2 vs. f/6.0
  • Has a joystick multi-controller
  • DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 6 processor
  • Has FV Mode
  • 220,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor vs 7560-pixel RGB+IR, 216-zone (18 x 12) vs. 63-zone (9×7)
  • EV -3 – 18 metering range vs. EV 1 – 20
  • ISO 100–25600 (1/3-stop), Expanded 51200 vs. ISO 100–12800 (1/3-stop), Expanded 25600
  • Anti smudge LCD coating vs. Anti-reflection and Anti smudge (80D advantage)
  • 10 fps (11 fps in live view continuous shooting vs. 7 fps
  • Has Eye AF in live view
  • 59.94 fps live view frame rate vs. 30 fps
  • 1/16000 electronic shutter available vs. no
  • C-RAW vs. M-RAW, S-RAW
  • MP4 movie file format vs. MP4, MOV
  • 4k, Full HD at 119.88, HD at 59.94
  • Dedicated wireless menu tab
  • Approx: 1300 frame battery life rating vs. 960 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
  • 120,000 actuation shutter durability rating vs. 100,000
  • Bluetooth vs. NFC

Few are going to find a reason (other than price) to go with the 80D over the 90D.
 
If you know of a feature difference not included here, please share it with us!
 
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Post Date: 9/10/2019 10:42:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 9, 2019
Just posted: Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens Review.
 
This is a compact, lightweight ultra-wide-angle lens with image quality the exceeds its price.
 
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Post Date: 9/9/2019 7:32:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, September 7, 2019
With a Canon EOS M6 Mark II in hand, it was time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 36 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box M6 II ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, and the neck strap
  3. Install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: Off
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H (51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Low or Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 7: Eye Detection AF: Enable
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 7: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch and drag AF: Enable
  20. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: Leave options 1 and 2 (only) checked and press info to change option 2's histogram to RGB
  21. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  22. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback grid: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Magnificatn (apx): Actual size
  24. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  25. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Mode guide: Disable
  26. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Feature guide: Disable
  27. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Screen info. settings: Enable 1, 3, 4
  29. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: VF info/toggle setting: Enable 1 and 3
  30. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Grid display: 3x3 (sometimes helpful for alignment checking)
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Histogram disp: RGB, Small (I want to see the brightness levels of each channel separately and don't want the graph to take up much space in the display)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  33. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  35. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  36. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. IF your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
 
Order the Canon EOS M6 Mark II at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 6, 2019
With a Canon EOS 90D in hand, it was time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 36 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 90D ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, and the neck strap
  3. Install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H (51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Low or Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: Leave options 1 and 2 (only) checked and press info to change option 2's histogram to RGB
  20. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  21. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback grid: 3x3
  22. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  23. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  24. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Mode guide: Disable
  25. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Feature guide: Disable
  26. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Viewfinder display: Select all options
  27. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  28. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  29. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn I :Exposure: Bracketing auto cancel: Disable
  30. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn I :Exposure: Bracketing sequence: -, 0, +
  31. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  32. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: Focus priority (same reason)
  33. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn III : Operation/others: Custom controls: AF-ON: One shot AI Servo; Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection
  35. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  36. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. IF your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 90D
 
Order the Canon EOS 90D at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/6/2019 10:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 5, 2019
I hope to get to some more in-depth comparisons, but for the DIYers, the specifications records for the just-announced Canon EOS 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II are mostly populated and make for some interesting comparisons.
 
Here are some suggestions:
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 80D Comparison
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 70D Comparison
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS M6 Mark II Comparison
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 7D Mark II Comparison
 
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II vs. Canon EOS M6 Comparison
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II vs. Canon EOS M5 Comparison
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II vs. Canon EOS 80D Comparison
 
To more fully complete the comparisons, use the Camera Product Images Tool. Click "overlay" after following that link to see an interesting comparison.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2019 9:16:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 3, 2019
MTF charts for the following lenses have been added to the MTF comparison tool:
 
Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens
 
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens
 
Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens
 
There are some very nice looking charts here.
Post Date: 9/3/2019 8:08:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 2, 2019
With the announcement of the extremely-feature-filled Canon EOS M6 Mark II and Canon EOS 90D, there have been a lot of questions about the future of the Canon EOS M5 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera model lines.
 
The 7D II is now about 5 years old and especially when compared to the 90D, looking a bit long in tooth. With the 90D now having a 2-generation-newer imaging sensor, a joystick, and a 10 fps continuous shooting capability, it seems logical to question if the 90D is the 7D Mark II's successor. In answer to that question, Canon USA specifically informed me that the 90D is not a replacement for the 7D II, noting that the 7D II still has some advantages including dual memory card slots, a stronger build including a magnesium alloy frame, and better weather sealing. With DSLR sales still accounting for about 70% of the overall interchangeable lens camera sales volume, don't look for DSLR development to stop anytime soon. While we don't know anything about plans for a Canon EOS 7D Mark III, such a camera seems quite viable from a business perspective.
 
Similarly, the M6 II seems feature advantaged over the M5, a camera that many of us who prefer a built-in EVF love. In answer to my question, arising in part from the M camera series naming convention initially seeming to lack direction, Canon USA informed me that the "5" in M5 still denotes a higher model line than the "6" in the M6 II. Also noted was that an M5 replacement was not thought to be in the immediate pipeline.
 
Canon typically holds future product information close, instead using formal product announcements to make new products known just prior to their arrival. The PhotoPlus Expo is the next big camera announcement timeframe I see on the calendar. With the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens expected yet this year, those two lenses are likely be on the PhotoPlus announcement list. What else? Stay tuned!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/2/2019 10:17:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 29, 2019
Information about the Canon EOS M6 Mark II Camera's 30 fps RAW burst feature was limited at the product launch, so I inquired of the man who seems to know everything about the Canon EOS system, Rudy Winston of Canon USA. Here is the very helpful information Rudy shared with me:
 
RAW burst is a separate line item in the camera’s shooting menu; it’s not one of the listed “Drive” speed choices. So it’s handled like a separate feature, and not just another FPS choice.
 
As the specs suggest, RAW burst fires at up to 30 fps, and will do so for up to 80 shots in a continuous burst, assuming a fast UHS-II compliant SD card is installed. I’ve tried it with UHS-I cards, and gotten around 50 or so images in a burst.
 
There’s a separate Menu choice for “Pre-shooting,” which by default is off. If user-enabled, it starts collecting image data **when the shutter button is pressed half-way down,** and then once it’s pressed FULLY to begin shooting, the last 0.5 seconds worth of images before the full press are recorded to the memory card as well. We’ve seen this before, in the video world, and the idea is if waiting for some split-second event to occur (for instance, a bird on a branch, waiting for it to take off in flight), you get the half-second before you actually reacted and fully pressed the shutter button down.
 
A few other points about RAW burst mode:

  • It always records lower-resolution, slightly cropped RAW images (approx. 18 million pixels, 5184 x 3456 resolution); about 75% x 75% (H x V) of the sensor’s full dimensions is used during RAW burst shooting. Obviously, with the electronic viewfinder or LCD monitor, the user always sees the actual recorded image area.
  • RAW burst is only possible in Creative Zone shooting modes (P, Tv, Av, Fv, or Manual)
  • Processing is 12-bit, vs. 14-bit processing for standard RAW images
  • Electronic shutter (only) is active during RAW burst shooting (the maximum drive speed with “mechanical” shutter is the camera’s normal 14 FPS high continuous setting)
  • Servo AF **is** possible during RAW burst shooting
  • RAW burst images are recorded in a “roll,” and play back in-camera slightly differently than a normal continuous sequence of files.
  • RAW images have a “.CSI” prefix when taken in RAW burst mode; a compatible version of Canon’s DPP software (or third-party RAW processing software) is required to view and process them.
  • The camera does NOT have to be pre-set to a continuous Drive setting, before activating RAW burst shooting in the Menu.
  • At least on my pre-production sample camera, if RAW burst is set on the Menu, and the camera is turned off (or the card is removed), the camera reverts to normal Drive operation, and RAW burst is disabled. I don’t know of a way to force it to stay active if the camera’s turned off, at least at this point.
  • Again, on my pre-production camera, it’s not possible to save RAW burst mode to one of the memorized, “Custom” shooting modes (C1 or C2)… if RAW burst is enabled, the Custom Shooting Modes within the Set-up Menu are grayed-out. They immediately are restored if RAW burst is disabled on the Menu.

The last two points MAY be a matter of it being pre-production… don’t have documentation from Japan to confirm or deny, but thought I’d mention it. At this stage of pre-production, I wouldn't’ be surprised if actual production cameras behave the same way as my sample camera.
 
Two of the keys that make RAW burst possible are the use of a DIGIC 8 processor, and most importantly, faster read-out speeds of the new 32.5 MP image sensor (while still allowing Dual Pixel CMOS AF to be carried out).
 
As a practical matter, at least judging from my pre-production sample camera, this feature is VERY sensitive to SD card write speed. A SanDisk UHS-I card, rated at 95 MB/sec, was not sufficient to record anything close to 80 straight images, and the little vertical buffer “scale” on the LCD monitor appeared almost immediately as shooting began. In other words, users should expect to use fast, UHS-II cards to really get the most out of this feature. Fortunately, unlike previous EOS M-series models, the M6 Mark II **is** compatible with UHS-II cards!
 
Thanks for sharing, Rudy!
 
Order the Canon EOS M6 Mark II at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2019 9:34:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 28, 2019
A recent Canon media event provided a significant amount of hands-on time with the new Canon EOS 90D and M6 Mark II. Both are excellent cameras and while I look forward to bringing these models into the studio for a more in-depth look, I have plenty of information to share with you now.
 
First, the review pages are a work-in-progress but already loaded with information:
 
Canon EOS 90D | Canon EOS M6 Mark II
 
From those pages, navigate to the specifications and product image pages for detailed comparisons. Note that the specifications are also a work-in-progress and the camera side images remain MIA.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2019 12:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 20, 2019
 Monday, August 19, 2019
Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens Review.
 
I expect to see this lens ending up on many short lists.
 
The Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 8/19/2019 7:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 15, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens page.
 
Expensive? Absolutely.
 
Weight? Incredibly light for the focal length and aperture.
 
Image quality? You get what you pay for.
 
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS compared to Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III Lens
 
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS compared to Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens
 
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS compared to Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens
 
Please share these results with your friends!
 
Act fast: I expected this lens to be very difficult to get for a long time, but Amazon USA has two in stock (Samy's Camera is reputable)! WEX also has this lens in stock.
 
The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama
 
Rent the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 8/15/2019 7:30:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results have been added to the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens page.
 
The results look good, especially for the price of this lens. Here are some comparisons to get you started (use your visualization skills in the comparisons showing different resolution test cameras):
 
Compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens
 
Compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens
 
Compared to Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Lens
 
Compared to Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR Lens
 
Compared to Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Lens
 
Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
 
Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
Compared to Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD IF Lens
 
Compared to Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Lens
 
Compared to Tokina 17-35mm f/4 Lens
 
As hinted to, this is a very affordable lens. The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Share these results with your friends!
Post Date: 8/13/2019 9:32:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 12, 2019
Just posted: Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens Review
 
Check out how this new lens featuring a unique focal length range performs! Share the review with your friends.
 
The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 8/12/2019 7:31:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 9, 2019
 Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens page.
 
Create comparisons – share with your friends.
 
The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 7/31/2019 7:36:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 29, 2019
Just posted: Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Review.
 
Meet your new favorite portrait lens.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2019 10:46:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Canon, Nikon, and Sony 70-200mm f/4 lenses, along with the Canon 70-300 L lens, are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
When the size and weight (and price) of the f/2.8 models are too much, the f/4 models are the easy alternative.
 
Go make some comparisons, then share them with your friends.
Post Date: 7/24/2019 7:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 22, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens page.
 
Make some comparisons. I think that you will like what you see!
 
The Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/22/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Just posted: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens Review.
 
The light weight of this lens is really incredible.
 
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H (save the tax, use the B&H Payboo card) | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2019 7:15:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 16, 2019
70-200mm f/2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, and Tamron are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
The 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens is a staple to many kits. Start comparing! Then share the results with your friends.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 8:20:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 15, 2019
Just posted: Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens Review.
 
Along with much other information, learn why this lens' f/2.8 is equal T 5.6.
 
The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/15/2019 8:17:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 12, 2019
Just posted: ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket Review.
 
I've wanted a universal L-bracket for a long time and this is the one I picked.
 
The ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket is in stock at Adorama
Post Date: 7/12/2019 8:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 11, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens page.
 
Compact, light, great focal length range, and ... very nice image quality (remember that lateral CA is usually easily removed). Create your own comparisons – share the results with your friends.
 
The Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX ("Awaiting Stock")
 
Rent the Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2019 7:22:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Image quality test results from an additional lens have been added to the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens page.
 
As I shared prior regarding the first lens' test results:
 
 
While these image quality results may appear simple, they have a background. Keeping the story short, my first copy of this lens took forever to arrive and when it did, the performance was not as expected with damage sustained in transit being strongly suspected. The second lens also took a long time to acquire and the results being shared here are from this lens.
 
Before announcing these results, I did some sanity checking including with my Canon USA technical rep. My concern (always) is ensuring that this lens' performance is representative of what buyers should expect from their own lens. The MTF charts suggest that the version III lens should perform nearly equally to the version II lens. While I'm not absolutely 100% confident that a better copy of this lens is not available (and will likely test at least one more copy of this lens to be sure), I have enough confidence that this lens is representative of the model, showing what we should expect, to share these results.
 
That said, let's jump right into the comparison that most will be interested in, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III vs. II Lens image quality comparison. The version III lens produces very impressive image quality wide open. My only cause for concern about this lens copy was that the version II lens is very slightly sharper in the center of the frame with the difference primarily noticeable when extenders are being used. With less lateral CA, the version III lens produces better peripheral image quality, even with the 2x extender in place.
 
Unmistakably better is the version III's weight. As I was creating this post, I grabbed the lens from my desk and ran to attempt to catch a pileated woodpecker on a tree just outside the studio. That effort reminded me how amazingly light this lens is for its specs.
 
 
Back to the new copy of this lens ... as I mentioned, I wanted to test another copy and here is the comparison between the two copies (copy "2" is the new one).
 
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H (save the tax, use the B&H Payboo card) | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2019 8:10:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Just posted: Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens Review.
 
This is an outstanding lens.
 
The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX (in stock – act fast)
 
Rent the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/9/2019 8:02:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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